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The Dam Busters (1955)

Approved  |   |  Drama, History, War  |  16 July 1955 (USA)
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The story of how the British attacked German dams in WWII by using an ingenious technique to drop bombs where they would be most effective.

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Doctor B. N. Wallis, C.B.E., F.R.S.
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Mrs. Wallis
Charles Carson ...
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Stanley Van Beers ...
Sir David Pye, C.B., F.R.S.
Colin Tapley ...
Doctor W. H. Glanville, C.B., C.B.E.
Frederick Leister ...
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Eric Messiter ...
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Laidman Browne ...
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Raymond Huntley ...
Official, National Physical Laboratory
Hugh Manning ...
Official, Ministry of Aircraft Production
Patrick Barr ...
Captain Joseph (Mutt) Summers, C.B.E.
Edwin Styles ...
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Hugh Moxey ...
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Anthony Shaw ...
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Basil Sydney ...
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The British are desperate to shorten the length of WW2 and propose a daring raid to smash Germany's industrial heart. At first the objective looks impossible until a British scientist invents an ingenious weapon capable of destroying the planned target. Written by Dave Jenkins <david.jenkins@smallworld.co.uk>

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The story of the "bombs that had to bounce" - and the air-devils who had to drop 'em! See more »

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Drama | History | War

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16 July 1955 (USA)  »

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The Dambusters  »

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To avoid unwanted reflections, in numerous scenes, the actors have the lenses removed from their goggles and replaced with blank card. In the "this is bloody dangerous!" scene, it is very noticeable on the bomb aimer's goggles. See more »

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Quotes

Air Vice-Marshal Cochrane: [showing Gibson a model of the targets] Well, Gibson, there it is. That's your main target - the Moehne Dam.
Gibson: So *that's* it. I thought it was going to be the "Tirpitz".
Air Vice-Marshal Cochrane: If you can blow a hole in this wall...
[points to model]
Air Vice-Marshal Cochrane: -you'll bring the Ruhr steel industry to a standstill; and do much other damage besides. I'm showing you the targets. But you'll be the only man in the squadron who knows, so keep it that way.
Gibson: Very good, sir.
Air Vice-Marshal Cochrane: [indicates other models] And these are the models of the two other ...
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Inspired Star Wars sequence, despite the dog's name.
20 March 1999 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

It appears that the attack sequences in The Dam Busters were the direct inspiration for the attack on the Death Star in the first Star Wars film. Some of the dialogue is word-for-word, and it is very interesting to watch these two films back to back.

Also, in the original edit of the film, the dog's name (a black labrador) was a historically accurate but socially unacceptable "Nigger". One edit changed the spoken word to "Trigger," while another release cut all scenes with the offending word. This was unfortunate, because parts of the plot became unintelligible -- the dog's name was one of the code-words used during the attack.


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